Garfinkel Schwartz works with clients from around the globe who have had to file lawsuits against Department of Defense contractors and sub-contractors who work for the U.S. government in military conflicts.
The civilian contractors are not military men and women. While many are former military veterans they are not members of the military and cannot go to the Veterans Administration health resources for medical care nor financial support.
Civilian contractors have the rights to medical care for injuries sustained while working for the U.S. government, no matter where in the world they’re injured. The Defense Base Act Law protects the right to receive medical care for injuries received on the job as private military contractors, federal contractors or civilian contractors.
By the end of 2015 it was clear through acts of terrorism, wars and uprisings that the U.S. Government may be involved in protecting, helping or engaging in military conflicts.
What does this mean for the men and women who work for the U.S. Department of Defense as government service employees on military bases, defense contractor employees, men and women who go into these dangerous places around the world?
There will be shadow soldiers working jobs to protect, to build, to rebuild, to help, to secure, to save lands and people in various parts of the world. Civilian contractors are sent to work wherever war zones and combat or political unrest is located. They risk their safety wherever they’re sent to work, whether alongside U.S. troops, or on special assignment, or on U.S. military bases around the world.
Civilian contractors may be sent in to train people, to secure and to protect land, people, resources or provide food, shelter and medical help. There are also weather and health emergencies where U.S. Department of Defense contractors and sub-contractors are sent to help victims of flood, earthquakes and other natural disasters.
Currently, Garfinkel Schwartz has many clients from all over Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq. There are men and women who have worked in Turkey, in Kosovo, Syria, Africa, South America, Central America, Europe, Russia, the United States.
Based on the many wars, problems and military needs as of January 4, 2016, there will be more people who are hurt working for the U.S. government as sub-contractors, civilian contractors. Here is a look at the predicted military problems that could require U.S. troops or military or Department of Defense staff.
The Council on Foreign Relations released a survey that suggests 30 conflicts that will involve or affect the U.S. Military in 2016. There is a map on the website called the Global Conflict Tracker and keeps a daily tally and update of all world conflicts.
The first six issues listed are considered Critical:
- The Taliban in Afghanistan (Afghanistan)
- The Syrian Civil Wars (Syria)
- Territory Disputes in the South China Sea (Philippines, China, Vietnam)
- Tensions in the East China Sea (Senkaku/Daioyu Islands, Eastern China, Southern Japan)
- The North Korea Crisis (North Korea)
- The War Against ISIS in Iraq (Iraq)
The next 11 issues are considered Significant
- Rising Security Threats in Pakistan (Pakistan)
- Sectarian Conflict in Lebanon (Lebanon)
- Islamist Militancy in Egypt (Egypt)
- Conflict in Ukraine (Ukraine)
- Kurdish Insurgency (Turkey & Syria)
- Organized Crime in Mexico (Mexico & Central America)
- Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Israel & Palestine, Middle East)
- Boko-Haram in Nigeria (Nigeria, Africa)
- Civil War in Libya (Libya, North Africa)
- Conflict Between India and Pakistan (India & Pakistan
- War in Yemen (Yemen, Middle East & North Africa)
The next nine issues are described Limited
- Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict (Borders of Armenia & Azerbaijan, Europe)
- Destabilization of Mali (Mali, Africa)
- Violence in the Central African Republic (Central African Republic, Africa)
- Violence in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (Republic of Congo, Africa)
- Eastern Sectarian Violence in Myanmar (Western Coast, Myanmar, Asian Pacific)
- Civil War in South Sudan (South Sudan, Africa)
- Islamist Militancy in Russia (North Caucasus, Russia)
- Al-Shabab in Somalia (Southern Somalia into Kenya)
- Uighur Conflict in China (Xinjaing Republic of China)